Standards for digital goods
You can make digital goods available for your apps. A digital good is additional content that can be purchased for an app, and can be permanent, temporary, or consumable content. Research In Motion reviews and approves digital goods using the same process that is used for any apps that you submit.
When you add a digital good for an app, you specify a name, SKU, license type, and descriptions, but you do not upload binaries or file bundles for the digital good. Instead you must design your app to give users access to the digital goods.
Digital goods have their own license types:
- Consumable licenses for temporary products like movie rentals.
- Non-consumable licenses for permanent enhancements, like extra levels of a game.
- Subscriptions for renewable content, like news publications.
When you offer non-consumable digital goods, you must verify that the digital goods are available to the user for the minimum time period that is defined in the BlackBerry SDK License Agreement.
You must verify that the digital goods remain available if the user removes the app from a BlackBerry device and installs the app again. You might need to develop a process that queries the Payment Service server for records of previous purchases of digital goods each time the app is launched. Learn more about Payment Service for details on retrieving records of existing purchases.
When you add digital goods to your app you must confirm that you have the legal right to include third-party content that you do not own. For example, if your app provides news articles that have been written by third-party authors, or includes photos taken by third-party photographers. You complete the Confirmation of Digital Rights form as part of the app release process on the vendor portal.
The Confirmation of Digital Rights form requires the following information:
- Content providers: List the content providers and specify whether you were contracted to develop the app for a customer.
- Rights: Add a detailed description of the privileges, rights, and permissions that you have obtained for the content.
- Geographic coverage: List the countries where you are allowed to distribute the content.